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Thailand OKs Extradition of Suspected Arms Dealer

1 April 2014

A Thai court on Monday approved the extradition to India of a Thai man suspected of helping to sell nearly US $2 million of arms to an insurgent group. India’s National Investigation Agency charged Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich and three others in 2011 with criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Indian government. It said they sold arms to Naga rebels who have been fighting the central government for more than 50 years. The Nagas consist of several tribes inhabiting parts of northeastern India and northwestern Burma. Indian authorities accused Wuthikorn of buying weapons, including nearly 1,000 rifles and an unspecified number of rocket-propelled grenades, for resale to the rebels. If convicted, he could face a possible death penalty.—AP